The Law Office of Lisa A. March & Associates, P.A. handles all Family Law matters including:
- Adoption: Adoption is the legal procedure by which a child becomes, through court action, part of a family other than that of his or her birth parents. It determines the entire future of the child because it permanently severs ties with birth parents and relatives and transfers the child into a new family where he or she will remain permanently. To the birth parents, adoption usually means relinquishing the child forever without the privilege of seeing the child or being otherwise involved in the child’s life. However in some types of adoptions, called open adoption, birth parents retain the right to communicate or visit the child. Any minor (a person under 18 years) present within the state when the petition for adoption is filed may be adopted. Sibling groups as well as adults may also be adopted.
- Divorces (Contested and Uncontested): A dissolution of marriage action legally dissolves a marriage. In a contested divorce, it dissolves the marriage even if your spouse wishes to remain married. There are two courses of action to take in resolving a divorce action. If the parties re amicable and have resolved all issues related to minor children and marital property, the case will be considered uncontested. If a case requires that a judge resolve one or more issues in the marriage (including child custody or visitation, child support, property distribution or alimony), then the case will be considered contested. These types of cases require filing certain documents with the Court and service of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage on the non-filing spouse.
- Paternity: A paternity action must be filed to establish a father’s paternity of a minor child born out outside of a legal marriage. This type of action will determine a mother and father’s respective rights and obligations regarding their minor child including child support, custody and visitation.
- Dependency: A juvenile dependency case is initiated when it is suspected a child is the victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The state of Florida steps in through the Department of Children and Family and many times children can be removed from their home and placed in shelter care and / or a foster home while the action is pending.
- Child Support: Child support is payment from one spouse to another for support of minor children after a divorce or during a separation. Generally, child support stops when a child turns eighteen years old, unless the child is still a full-time high school student. In this case, the child support continues until the minor child graduates from high school. The state of Florida has adopted child support guidelines which provide a formula for computing the child support owed. The formula takes into consideration custody arrangements, how much parenting time each parent has with the minor children, the income of the parents, the total number of minor children, unusual medical expenses, day care expenses, and insurance, among other factors.
- Child Custody: As a parent, either yourself, or the Court will decide who will have legal custody of your minor child or children. Legal custody means that a parent is responsible for their minor children’s health care, education, religion, etc. For purposes of shared parental responsibility and primary residence, the best interests of the minor child shall include an evaluation of all factors affecting the welfare and interests of that minor child. In most circumstances, a judge will order “shared parental responsibility” for minor children when the parents separate or divorce. This means that both parents have a right to have full information about the minor children and to share in making major decisions for the children.
- Enforcement: An action for enforcement is filed when a party is not acting in conformity with a certain provision of an Order and the moving party seeks to have the provision enforced.
- Domestication of Foreign Decrees: Actions filed to recognize family law judgments issued in other states after a party to that action becomes a resident of the state of Florida and wishes to have the judgment enforced.
- Modification: After a dissolution of marriage or paternity final judgment is granted, either party may request a change of custody, visitation, child support or other various issues affecting his or her minor children. Former spouses may be able to increase, decrease or terminate alimony obligations ordered in their dissolution of marriage final judgment, provided it is modifiable.
- Separate Maintenance: Upon separation or divorce, in some cases a judge may order one party to pay spousal support (alimony or separate maintenance) to his or her spouse. If awarded, the type, duration, and amount of alimony will be determined primarily by the length of the marriage, the need of one party for support, the ability of the other party to pay the support, and the standard of living the parties have enjoyed together.
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: A qualified domestic relations order is required to divide retirements, pensions and /or IRAs in an action for dissolution of marriage.
- Wills: Our firm prepares simple wills for our clients, which are highly recommended following a dissolution of marriage action due to the parties’ new single status.
- Power of Attorney: A power of attorney may be necessary for another person to be able to make certain decisions on another person’s behalf when they are unable to do so on their own.
- Health Care Power of Attorney (Living Will): This document is necessary for another person to make a decision on behalf of someone who is usually suffering from a life-threatening illness.
- Incorporations: There are many benefits to choosing to incorporate your business and our firm can help explain how the decision to incorporate can affect the future of your business.
Lisa A. March, Esquire, became a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association in 1990 and began to build the foundation for what was to become, seventeen years later, the Law Office of Lisa A. March & Associates, P.A. Our office consists of: Lisa A. March, Esquire, Barbara L. Kidd, Paralegal, and Christine Sandy, Legal Assistant. To find out more about our staff, click on the “Attorneys” and “Legal Support Staff” links. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, we are available to assist you Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. For directions to our office, click on the “Directions” link.